Bacteria Busters

Preventing Food Borne Illness

Clean

The first step in preventing FBI's is to clean. Wash your hands in warm water with soap for at least 20 seconds. Then dry them throughly with paper towels or a clean towel. Also wash down your counters with warm water and soap and dry throughly. When your cooking you also want to make sure to wash your cooking equipment and eating utensils.
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Cook

The next step in this series is cook. When you cook an item make sure you use a thermometer to make sure that it is at the right temperature. When cooking the minimum temperature it should be is 140 degrees F. But a safer way is to cook your food is to keep it above that temperature more like 165 degrees F. to prevent E-Coli or Salmonella.
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Chill

The third step is chill. When you are done eating something if there are leftovers you should make sure to put them in a secure container and put them in the fridge to keep food preserved. The temperature in the fridge should be 40 degrees F. or below for home use to keep foods preserved longer.
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Separate

Finally the last step is separate. There are multiple ways you can use separate. It can start right at the grocery store. When you are shopping make sure raw meats and vegetables are kept separate when put in your shopping cart. When you are cutting raw foods make sure you cut meats and vegetables on separate cutting boards. When you are finished eating and have leftovers make sure you store your meats and vegetables separate to prevent cross contamination.
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